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Penn State has added both men’s and women’s Division I ice hockey to their school’s athletics programs. Both teams will be ready to go for the 2012-13 season. This has been made possible by an $88 million donation to build an ice arena.
Recession? What recession?
All jokes aside, I always think it’s good news when a hockey program or team is dropped into a market that will embrace it. Considering the state of Pennsylvania is home to two teams that have represented the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals for three straight years, I’d say Penn State will do well with their teams.
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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Had things remained as planned, Jarred Tinordi would have started fall classes at Notre Dame last week, extending the summer sessions in which the 18-year-old already had enrolled.
But Tinordi is long gone from South Bend. On Aug. 11, Tinordi signed with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, said goodbye to Notre Dame, and gave up his NCAA eligibility. By doing so, Tinordi, drafted 22d overall by the Canadiens this year, became the second highly touted defenseman to withdraw his Notre Dame commitment in the last two years. Cam Fowler, Anaheim’s first pick in June, would have been a Fighting Irish freshman in 2009-10. Fowler opted for Windsor of the OHL.
Naturally, Paul Kelly, executive director of College Hockey, Inc., is disturbed by the departures.
“We have to stop the continuing relentless recruiting that goes on after a kid enrolls or commits to a college program,’’ said Kelly, head of the 9-month-old program. “If Jarred Tinordi enrolls at Notre Dame, starts taking college classes, intends to stay with the program, and physically moves to campus, once that happens there shouldn’t be any continued recruiting until the end of the season.
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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
You’ll have to forgive Paul Kelly for feeling a tad radioactive.
But then, you might feel that way, too, if you held the position that the former NHL Players’ Association boss does today, but still found yourself persona non grata at the event that bills itself as the World Hockey Summit.
Kelly, in case you didn’t know, survived the disgraceful coup d’etat at the NHLPA with his reputation intact, so much so that he was quickly snapped up by the NCAA and hired as the executive director of College Hockey Inc., the nine-month-old organization that acts as the information and marketing arm of U.S. college hockey.
Given the heated battleground that is the relationship between the NCAA and Canada’s junior hockey system, with both competing furiously for the same players, you might think Kelly would be a useful speaker at the summit.
Well, you thought wrong, and it’s not hard to guess that it was the CHL, one of the organizations behind the summit, that didn’t want him involved.
from Dave Pollard at the Toronto Sun,
It’s been a tough off-season for NCAA hockey teams and the NHL is responsible for most of the pain.
Although it’s really nothing new, the exodus of players from American colleges to the pro or junior ranks seems to be more pronounced this year….
Since April 1, 17 players gave up NCAA eligibility to sign with NHL teams, according to figures compiled by insidecollegehockey.com. Factor in the others, like Tinord, Lessio and Melchiori, all of whom never even showed up on campus, and you can see how hard the U.S. schools have been hit.
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has announced the host sites for the 2013 and 2014 Men’s Frozen Four. Pittsburgh, Pa., will host the 2013 Men’s Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center, while Philadelphia, Pa., will serve as the host for the 2014 championship at the Wachovia Center.
University of Michigan ice hockey head coach Gordon “Red” Berenson has accepted a three-year contract offer from athletic director Dave Brandon to direct the U-M program through the 2012-13 season. Berenson, who played for Michigan from 1960-62, has been the head coach at his alma mater for the past 26 seasons.
“We’ve been doing a one-year contract of late and it seems like we’re spending a lot of time talking about when I’m going to retire,” Berenson said. “I think we can put that to bed for awhile and just focus on what we’re doing. The situation at Michigan is a little clearer in terms of recruitment or leadership of the program or what my future is. It’s pretty simple. I’ve thought about it a lot. I definitely was thinking about leaving earlier, but my passion has really been with this team and these players. They’re making a commitment to the program and I want my commitment to be clear as well.”
As I was leaving the game (Frozen Four), a begger in a wheelchair starting talking hockey smack to me (I was wearing my old Coyotes Roenick jersey that night). He was telling me how he wanted the Wings to get the Yotes in the 1st round. Only in the D would you get beggers talking hockey smack.
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from Jim Connelly of USCHO.com,
Paced by an explosive third period in which Boston College struck for four goals, the Eagles routed Wisconsin, 5-0, in front of a record 37,592 fans at Ford Field on Saturday to capture the school’s fourth national championship and third in the last 10 years.
It’s the third straight year a team from Boston has captured the title, with the Eagles winning this year and 2008 and Boston University capturing the championship in 2009.
from David Albright of ESPN,
The similarities are striking.
Both schools have 28 wins this season. Both are No. 1 seeds. Both played in outdoor games this season. And both schools scored a weekend’s worth of goals in Thursday’s national semifinals wins.
So when Boston College (28-10-3) and Wisconsin (28-10-4) face off Saturday night at Ford Field (7 p.m. ET, ESPN HD/ESPN3.com) to decide this season’s NCAA men’s hockey champion, the Eagles and the Badgers will be near mirror images.
“They’ve got a lot of speed and a lot of skill and if you give them a lot of room to work with they’ll take advantage of it,” Wisconsin defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh said. “We’ll be able to [watch video] of their goals and see what they did to put themselves in that position. And if anything try to learn from what Miami didn’t really execute as well as they wanted to and hopefully not make the same mistakes.”
via WKOW.com (Madison, WI),
Wisconsin Senior Forward Blake Geoffrion has won the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey’s most outstanding Player. Geoffrion is the first Badger ever to win the award.
Geoffrion put up some impressive numbers in his final year at Wisconsin. He tied for 2nd in the nation in goals scored and is the captain of a Badger team playing for the national title on Saturday against Boston College.
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